As you can imagine, installing a new roof is quite a big task. Even though a professional roofing contractor will take care of most of the details surrounding the removal of your old roof and the installation of a new roof, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing for you to do. In fact, there are a number of things that you’re going to want to do in order to prepare your home and your family for when you have your new roof installed. The following are a few tips that you should follow to prepare for your new roof installation:
Clear out your yard
Not only do you want to make sure that nothing is in the way of the contractors that will be moving around your property, but you’ll want to make sure that nothing can be damaged by any roofing materials. This means that you should move your gardening equipment, your patio furniture, your barbecue grill, your potted plants and anything else that might be kept outside indoors.
Clear the driveway
Make sure that the roofing contractors have easy access to your home by clearing your driveway. You should park your car inside of your garage or out on the street as well to avoid potential damage. A clear driveway will make it easier for your contractor to move roofing materials from their vehicles to your roof, which will help speed up the installation process. There’s a good chance they will need your driveway space as a collection spot for all the materials as well.
Clear out your attic
Dust and debris are likely to fall into the attic from the roof as it’s being worked on, so remove everything stored in your attic to keep them from getting dirty or damaged.
Remove items from your walls
Odds are you have a few items hanging from your walls, whether it’s paintings, photographs or mirrors. You should take these down. The work being done to your roof can result in vibrations to the house, which could cause items hanging from your walls to fall down.
Inform your neighbors
Installing a new roof is going to cause a lot of noise. It would be rude not to let your neighbors know ahead of time that there’s going to be work done to your home. Let them know well in advance so that they have a chance to make plans to leave their house if they know that the noise will be bothersome to them.
Plan to remove your pets
If you have any pets, then you may want to plan what to do with them on the days of the roof installation. Pets can be very sensitive to noise, and the sounds of the contractors working outside may end up driving them nuts. Either schedule to board them or find a family member or friend willing to take them for the day.
Figure out what to do with your kids
If you have children, you may want to keep them out of the house for the day as well. Not only can the loud noises bother them, but there will be equipment and materials lying around that could injure them – they’ll need to be supervised the entire time. These materials will most likely be left overnight as well since it will take more than a few days to complete the installation.
If you’re getting a new roof installed, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re ready. Be sure to follow these steps in order to prepare your home for a roof installation.